Mikel Arteta claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is being decided ‘game by game’ following his omission from Arsenal’s Boxing Day 5-0 victory over Norwich City.
The 32-year-old was relieved of his captaincy earlier this month due to a disciplinary violation and has not appeared for the Gunners since December 6’ths 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Arsenal have won all five of their matches without the striker, and their most recent performance was impressive, as Arteta’s men comfortably defeated Norwich at Carrow Road.
Aubameyang is expected to depart Arsenal’s squad in early January to join Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, which kicks off on January 10 against Comoros.
And Arteta has failed to reassure Arsenal fans that Aubameyang will play for the club before he leaves at the end of next week.
‘He wasn’t selected for today’s match,’ Arteta said when asked about Aubameyang’s situation after Arsenal’s win over Norwich.
‘We’ll take it game by game. That was the decision.’
Arsenal defeated Norwich 5-0, with goals from Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, and Emile Smith Rowe. The win keeps Arsenal fourth in the Premier League, six points ahead of Tottenham, who have three games in hand.